Adblock Plus and (a little) more

New "Known issues" page · 2010-04-27 13:25 by Wladimir Palant

With the “known issues” section of release changelogs growing constantly lately I felt that moving it to a separate page would serve the cause better. This will allow us to link the the issue in question directly rather than saying “look at the end of the known issues section”, also the description can be more detailed without space restrictions. I put up a first version of this page, any comments? Can you think of other common issues that should be mentioned there?


Comment [15]

  1. ecjs · 2010-04-27 13:57 · #

    Maybe a table of contents at the top of the page. I don’t know if it can be done automatically though, such as with LaTeX.

    Reply from Wladimir Palant:

    There is a table of contents on the right side.

  2. Matthias · 2010-04-27 15:25 · #

    I didn’t see the table of contents as well when I just had a look at the page. Maybe you should really put it at the top of the page?

    Reply from Wladimir Palant:

    Yes, that was my thought as well – too many people fail to notice it. But that would be a general change to the site layout, not something I can do before finishing migration of the site content to Anwiki.

  3. xkiller213 · 2010-04-30 14:14 · #

    you could arrange the page by order of importance…

    Reply from Wladimir Palant:

    I thought I did? Any particular suggestions?

  4. dvirusd · 2010-05-01 22:14 · #


    First of all, I really really wish to tell you what a great job you have done.

    I have a small suggestion. It’s just a wish really. Can you block 3rd party cookies? So called the tracking cookies? If you could do that, your solution to ad blocking would be the final one. People wouldn’t have to look forward to anything else.

    Mmm you could say url filtering. Completely! Those servers, which are used to count stats or just tracking.. Sincerely appreciate all your efforts.


    Reply from Wladimir Palant:

    Feel free to add EasyPrivacy filter subscriptions – it will block most tracking servers before they get a chance to set any cookies. Otherwise, I think that the cookie management options in Firefox are fully adequate, no point for an additional extension.

  5. Bar Evans · 2010-05-01 23:17 · #

    New problem. With Adblock Plus enabled, clicking on a symbol in a stock portfolio list in results in a page which is not properly displayed. Disabling Adblock Plus results in a normal page display.

    Reply from Wladimir Palant:

    Please see

  6. xkiller213 · 2010-05-02 07:33 · #

    frm what i see it’s not really according to importance… the 1st major one should be cannot install (ok) then the next major problem should be that it can’t block ads.. the rest can come after that =)

    and the solutions in issues should also be arranged according to ease of troubleshooting…

    for eg the one “Adblock Plus doesn’t block any ads”
    the 1st one is ok, which is that there are no filters.. the 2nd one should be that adblock is turned off and the 3rd one can then be the db got corrupted…

    and one more…

    might want to classify the issues as “Win …, Mac OS, Linux and Mobile”?

    Reply from Wladimir Palant:

    Sadly, those issues related to crap extensions are pretty common right now – more common than complains about Adblock Plus not doing its job properly (which should go away mostly anyway with Adblock Plus 1.2 released).

    And people complain relatively rarely about having turned off Adblock Plus unintentionally – the complains about corrupted filter database are also rare but still more common.

    Why should I classify the issues by operating system? AFACT none of them depends on the OS you are using. OS-specific Adblock Plus issues are really a rare exception.

  7. Chris · 2010-05-03 07:40 · #

    Phenomenal product….one question/minor issue and I couldn’t see it anywhere.

    I don’t want to subscribe. I prefer to create my own as I go. For some reason though, every time I open a new mozilla ABP keeps opening a 2nd tab for subscriptions.

    Each time I say no, close the tab, pick yes when it asks if I’m sure I want to do that, and move on. Then, I close out mozilla, and if I reopen it, it does it all over again.

    How can I get ABP to stop opening that tab?

    Reply from Wladimir Palant:

    Adblock Plus only opens that tab once. You probably set up multiple tabs as your homepage – including this one.

  8. Jones · 2010-05-03 14:41 · #

    I use the list in the blockable items window to see what is being loaded in a page – so I keep it unsorted.

    Whenever a new item gets added to the list – the window scroll automatically jumps to the top. So I have to keep scrolling down. Not a huge fan of that! It’s new in 1.2.

    Reply from Wladimir Palant:

    PS: Just verified that the issue is definitely not with “anything” being added – things are added to the bottom of the list correctly, scrolling is kept. It is only a problem with frame reloads which isn’t a new issue (has been there from the very beginning).

  9. Jones · 2010-05-03 16:52 · #

    I think it’s a Firefox 3.5 thing (I should have mentioned the 3.5 thing – sorry Wladimir!) – I tested this website which works ok in FF3.6, but has the scroll behavior in 3.5. The scrolling effect only appears with abp1.2 in FF 3.5.

    It’s FF3.5, so maybe its not worth fixing, no sweat. I have filters that block many of the scripts (no “frame” item is listed in the blockable items window, not in any color – just not there at all).

    Reply from Wladimir Palant:

    No issue with that site and Firefox 3.5 for me – whether I am subscribed to EasyList or not. But really, there is currently only one condition when Adblock Plus will refresh the list and consequently lose the scrolling position: when a frame reloads.

  10. Jones · 2010-05-03 17:49 · #

    For what it’s worth, I even tried it on a “Portable” edition (PortableApps) of Firefox 3.5.9 with just adblock and easylist – still happens to me. No frame appeared in the list (w/ easylist and adblock enabled) but the scroll behavior was still there.

  11. Chris · 2010-05-04 04:05 · #

    Chris again:
    Thank you for the quick follow up. I only have Firefox opening one tab, and I checked all my settings. It shouldn’t be opening multiple tabs.

    Perhaps one of my browser settings (like for storing cookies) is preventing the ‘no’ from sticking?

  12. xkiller213 · 2010-05-04 06:30 · #

    actually what i was trying to say is that you should arrange the solutions according to the ease of resolving… it would be easier to make sure that ABP is not off rather than making them go to some directory (which they might not even know existed..)…

    so far there’s the linux one which is os-specific (something about the certificate store…).. i would expect to see more esp from the mobile side… then this would be easier for them…

    and you should add something to redirect to the forum… for eg. “Problem not listed here? Post/Search it in the forums!”

    Reply from Wladimir Palant:

    I think it is more important which issues are common – the “I disabled Adblock Plus unintentionally” is a pretty rare one. So while it is easy to fix it makes more sense to have people check other things first.

    I added a link to the forum at the top of the page.

  13. Chris · 2010-05-09 00:35 · #

    I’ve just recently noticed that with the install of the Adblock Plus update of 30 April that I’m no longer able to view slideshows at I have the following exceptions:**

    If I disable it, not just turn it off, the slideshows work. Any suggestions?

    Reply from Wladimir Palant:

    I forwarded this report to the EasyList forum: Adding “@@||” should help until the issue is resolved. Generally, it is always better to ask these questions in the forum, EasyList authors looks at the Adblock Plus forum as well.

  14. christian louboutin · 2010-07-09 06:41 · #

    Like your article, hope you like what.

  15. Ze Thriller · 2010-08-16 18:18 · #

    Hi there, and first thanks for this mus-have add-on.

    I noticed that with latest Firefox 4.0 builds (b2, b3, b4pre) and Adblock Plus 1.2 or latest developement builds, some page access that i will call “multiple redirections” seem to be blocked when Adblock Plus is enabled in the add-on manager. I mean: just a blank page is shown, instead of a web page which effectively exists.
    I tried some things: disable adblock plus in its preferences, disable tab on flash and java, even change network.http.prompt-temp-redirect to false and network.http.redirection-limit to 500 as some people seem to mention as a fix. But nothing to do. The only way I know to solve this is to disable adblock plus in the addon manager.

    Test page (this is not an ad):
    Go to www [dot] winamp[dot] com then “download player”
    The url will be www [dot] winamp [dot] com/media-player with a blank page.

    Should lead from there to www [dot] winamp [dot] com/media-player/fr (depending on the languages preferences)

    This is just an example, but I noticed this on other sites too, and the “problem” seem to be the same.

    Any ideas ? Thanks

    Working with Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:2.0b4pre) Gecko/20100815 Minefield/4.0b4pre (daily updated)

    Reply from Wladimir Palant:

    Please see – the next development build will work. As will Adblock Plus 1.2.2 when I release it.

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